Sporting Memories

Sporting memories last a lifetime. The idea of the project is to get older people together to talk about sport. It could be a game they once played in, a great match they witnessed, or meeting a famous sports star from the past.

Through the project, Ospreys in the Community work closely with local rugby clubs to provide a friendly welcoming club environment for individuals. They can come for a chat, a cup of tea, a chance to meet new people, and increase their physical activity by participating in some of the activities on offer.

Helen John
"Our aim is to engage with people in their local rugby or community club.  Creating a safe and familiar environment where we can encourage conversations and reminisce about Sport. The programme aims to tackle social isolation and loneliness."

The Sporting Memories Foundation is the World's first charity dedicated to Sports Reminiscence and Physical Activities. 

The Sporting Memories project supports older people living with dementia, depression and loneliness by engaging them in social activities and helping them to recall memories of watching or playing sport. By sharing memories, such as recalling #MyFirstGame and tapping into a passion for sport the project helps people to connect with others and with their past, reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise remain hidden away.

The project partners delivering this ground breaking approach in Wales include Cardiff City FC Foundation, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, Derwen (Housing Association), Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Cricket Wales, Ospreys in the Community, Sporting Memories Network CIC, Swansea Council, Vi-Ability and The Pollen Shop.